Dagley, R. (illus).
London. J. Andrews. 1827.
Second Edition. TWO VOLUMES bound in one. 30 copper-plate engraved plates, marbled endpapers, xvi+466pp, 9 x 6 inches, leather spine and corners with marbled paper covered boards (hardbound). Cover worn with rubbing to extremities, previous owner's name in ink to front fly leaf, front hinge detached at frontispiece, toning and offset to frontispiece and pictorial title page, scattered foxing throughout; text block is tight. A painter and engraver, Dagley's illustrations are offered in support of texts by a variety of authors including Mrs. Hemans, Mrs. Hofland, S. Maunder, John Fitzgerald Pennie, and a host of others. The immediate success of the first edition was followed by a second edition with six more plates. Dagley writes in his Preface: "In the volume now presented to the Public, my part is little besides that of having projected the work, and furnished the designs. It is to the kind contributors who have so amply and ably illustrated the subjects of my pencil that I must attribute any success that may attend the work; and to them I embrace this opportunity of returning my most grateful acknowledgments." The volume also contains six pages of Extracts from the Press offering fulsome praise for the first volume. In each illustration Death is watching, usually in the form of a skeleton, but in the case of the Hypochondriac, Death is a spider with a skull for a body, waiting patiently on the hearth. Item #46154